If you were among the crowd at Windward Beach Park on July 4th for the free concert and fireworks, you know what an amazing crowd it was. Here's just how big that crowd was.

(Gino D. and Liz Jeressi Host Brick Summerfest 2019. On-stage selfie courtesy of Gino D.)

As my very first time at Brick Summerfest (and this was the 25th celebration!!!) I wasn't quite sure what to expect. But what an incredible afternoon and evening it turned out to be!

First of all, this beautiful park on Princeton Ave. in Brick is right on the river, so has a glorious view and tons of boats anchored by the time the fireworks started.

(Angelina Bella sang the National Anthem. TSM photo)

I had the honor of hosting the evening with our very own Gino D., and the National Anthem was sung by a sixth-grader from Brick who is an exceptional singer named Angelina Bella. This little powerhouse sings the National Anthem around the country at baseball stadiums, and she also has a band called Jersey Jam that plays all over NJ! She may look small on stage but her voice is enormous and we all had chills when she sang.

The 80s band Jessie's Girl had everyone up on their feet dancing and singing and were so much fun. To keep a crowd of this magnitude entertained in the hot sun is quite a tall order, but they did a fabulous job and everyone had a great time!

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There was also a food truck area that included alcohol for those who wanted it.

The crowd couldn't have been friendlier and nicer. There were so many welcoming Point listeners and it was so wonderful seeing what a close-knit community Brick really is with so many neighbors and friends coming together and enjoying each others' company.

After confirming through Superintendent of Recreation Dan Santaniello, (who got a final number from the Brick PD) the record crowd was about 18,000 people! And, even so, it only took about 48 minutes for everyone to clear out after that unbelievable fireworks show!

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A big thanks to the Brick recreation crew and the Brick Township police for their hard work at Brick Summerfest.

And if you haven't yet been to a Brick Summerfest event, I highly suggest you grab your lawn chair or blanket for the grass and check out the beautiful stage and great entertainment at Winward Beach park one evening this summer. It's a great day/night out  (with a sandy beach for swimming, too, as well as a playground area)

CLICK HERE for upcoming events at Brick Summerfest and other fun events this summer in Brick! There are three more concert/fireworks events, as well as the annual car show, Kids Day, and a couple of drive-in movie nights.

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